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VA calls for firing of four officials; Phoenix director not on the list

The Department of Veterans Affairs has recommended the removal of four senior officials around the country, but missing from that list is the director of the troubled operation in Phoenix. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick said in an email Friday she was “appalled that Sharon Helman (the director of VA health care facilities in Phoenix) continues to receive a paycheck.”

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'Protocol breach' led to U.S. health care worker being first domestic Ebola case

The top federal public health official said Sunday that a “breach of protocol” led a Dallas hospital worker to become infected with the deadly Ebola virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Sunday afternoon that the worker tested positive for the virus, marking the first time that Ebola was transmitted from one person to another in the United States.... Read more»

A quarter of Latinos are uninsured

A year after open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act began, one in four Latinos does not have health insurance, more than any other ethnic population in the country. And most states are doing little to help those in the coverage gap.... Read more»

Federal judge: Texas voter ID law unconstitutional

Less than two weeks before the start of early voting, a federal judge ruled Texas’s photo voter ID law unconstitutional late Thursday and ordered state officials to drop the new requirements.... Read more»

Johnson: Border tighter, but ‘new threats’ to U.S. security loom

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said illegal immigration is down, border security is up and word is getting out to would-be border crossers. But he called for vigilance against new threats from homegrown extremists who leave the U.S. to join groups like ISIS.... Read more»1

Feds unveil streamlined Obamacare website

Consumers using the federal healthcare.gov website when open enrollment begins next month should expect a faster website with a shorter application form and features making it easier to use on mobile devices, Obama administration officials said Wednesday.... Read more»

What military families need to know about high-cost lenders

Propublica has been reporting on military lenders for over a year. Here’s what you need to know about these high-cost lenders.... Read more»1

Tours aim to redefine Juárez, revitalize tourism

Hopes are riding on a new effort in which tour buses will come to Ciudad Juárez regularly from El Paso. Officials want the tours to help shed Juárez’s image as a danger zone and showcase the city as a destination for area tourists.... Read more»

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

Taste the rainbow, Arizona

The 9th Circuit has ruled that laws banning gay marriage in Idaho and Nevada are “impermissible gender discrimination.”... Read more»

A life-and-death struggle for asylum in America

Teens’ tortured road to asylum in America. Lawyers and feds are scrambling to unravel the truth from kids fleeing Central America.... Read more»

Dallas Ebola patient dies, hospital says

A week after the first Ebola case in the U.S. was confirmed at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, the patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, died Wednesday morning, hospital officials said.... Read more»

9th Circuit tosses gay marriage bans, ruling covers Arizona

A day after bans on gay marriage fell in other parts of the country when the Supreme Court declined to hear appeals, the 9th Circuit has ruled that such laws in Idaho and Nevada are “impermissible gender discrimination.” That ruling will impact Arizona’s constitutional prohibition against same-sex marriage.... Read more»1

FactCheck

Obama's numbers, October update

Jobs, profits, guns and health insurance. FactCheck.org’s regular update of the statistics.... Read more»

Commentary

Taking insurance companies out of health care

There are many Americans who are beginning to question the contributions big insurance companies make to our health care system. And I’m not just talking about lefty advocates of a single-payer system. Corporate executives are also wondering why we need the big insurers and whether higher-quality and more cost-effective care could be provided to employees if they didn’t have to deal with health insurers at all.... Read more»

Obamacare: Q&A about taxes and insurance subsidies

Questions from readers about health insurance premium tax credits and what the penalty is for not having insurance.... Read more»

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